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Food For Thought

Authored by: Melissa Pedroza, Personal Chef

At MonkeyTag, we are all foodies. We appreciate quality, but also healthy foods that can power us through the day. That’s where I step in. I’ve been involved with MonkeyTag from the beginning, as my husband is one of the founders, and I lean on my expertise as a professional chef to create lunches three days a week for all employees.

When I plan lunches, I think about how food can play a role in the team’s mental and physical health. The goal, always, is to help keep our chimps satisfied and healthy.

With the cold and flu season upon us, my meal planning has shifted to immune-boosting foods to minimize the chances of getting sick. This fall/winter, I will be incorporating ingredients such as sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, kale, almond, avocado, eggs, mushrooms, salmon, and even brazil nuts into the lunches I create. My goal is to keep sugars and carbs low and add more veggies overall.

Our chimps may always have an appetite, but I am glad I can help fill their tummies with nutritional food choices that keep them focused and feeling great. My lunches are just one of the benefits that MonkeyTag offers its employees, and the team can testify that the benefit is mighty tasty!


Selecting healthy, seasonal food is a great way to help fight off coughs, colds, and fevers, making it an essential part of my winter wellness tips.

Mel’s Top 10 Wellness Tips:
• Take time each day for relaxation
• Eat more veggies
• Reduce sugar intake
• Drink plenty of water
• Get appropriate sleep
• Take a good multivitamin
• Take a vitamin D supplement
• Take a good fish oil supplement (Carson’s Cod Liver Oil w/ Lemon is my #1)
• If you feel a cold coming on, drink bone broth daily (recipe below)
• Take a good colostrum supplement


If you do begin to come down with something, here are a few things that I strongly recommend.

Dr. Clarks Clear Throat
This is for upper respiratory, coughing, sore throat, even strep.  Some people claim it’s been amazing for allergies. This potent concoction is made up of essential oils including clove, coriander, peppermint, nutmeg, thyme and fennel. Not only is it an amazing immune booster, it will literally fight off your crud quickly!

East Park D-Lenolate Plus Cold and Flu
This is a lifesaver! Take this at the onset of a cold or flu, and you will be surprised what it can do for you. It is AMAZING stuff!

Nebulized Colloidal Silver
This will work wonders for bronchioles and lung-related illnesses.

Many of the items listed above can be found at Get Healthy, Texas’ number one health-food store, found in Rockwall, TX. Similar items can also be found at Natural Grocer, Whole Foods, and Central Market.


For when you do feel under the weather, here is a nice warm recipe to use.

Mel’s Bone Broth Recipe:
4 lbs Grass-fed Beef Bones
Filtered Water (enough to cover all ingredients without overflowing your pot)
2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Lg Organic Onion
3 Lg Organic Carrots
3 Stalks Organic Celery
5 Organic Garlic Cloves
5 Sprigs Rosemary
5 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
5 Whole Peppercorns
½ Cup Fresh Parsley
1 Bulb Chopped Fennel
½ Cup Dried Shiitake Mushrooms
1 Lemon (zested and squeezed)
1 Tbsp. Fresh Chopped Ginger

Place all ingredients, except for water, into a large stainless-steel pot or large ceramic crock pot.  Add filtered water to cover all ingredients—be sure to not overflow your pot. Heat on high until water comes to a boil then turn to low and simmer for 4-8 hours. Be sure to occasionally skim the scum from the top of the broth, as often as needed. After 4-8 hours pour broth through a fine mesh strainer and season with salt and pepper to taste. This broth can be portioned in Ziploc bags and frozen for use, as needed.

Optional – Roast beef bones at 425 degrees for about 20-25 minutes before adding to broth.


*Neither, MonkeyTag nor Melissa Pedroza are a healthcare provider. The information in this article is designed to be informational in nature and not meant to be used to diagnose or treat disease or used in place of medical advice from a qualified health care professional.  Please consult your doctor before taking the suggested supplements and medications listed above.

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